Originally Posted by cyc wid it
Much like Alden does, regardless of the last. You can't begin to believe that $800 Aldens are worth the money by any objective metric. Of course from an emotional/sentimental aspect, people will pay up front to wait years for a likely "with character" product, so yes - if you must have glazed Alden shell in a chunky last, go right on ahead.
My last remaining pair of Aldens: Aberdeen lasted black shell cap-toe bluchers. They cost me less than half of $800. They are worth what I paid.
I think it's tough to have any sort of objective sense of worth. You can try to go by averages, but ultimately, the question of worth is personal.
When you ask someone, "What's this worth?" you are asking the question, "What's this worth to you?" Although I may consider some of Alden's prices outrageous (see anything non-shell), others may not, and there is nothing wrong with that. For certain types of shoes, Alden provides the best American-made product.
Similarly, others may prefer Alden's chunky lasts to something sleeker or European. That is personal preference. Not every shoe has to have a sleek shape.